Communication Disorders Master's (MS)

Speech Disorders

The mission of the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is to prepare students for careers in speech-language pathology by providing them with a comprehensive education that encompasses an evidence-based approach to the theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of the field of communication sciences and disorders and which also fosters research and scholarship in order to contribute to the knowledge of the profession.The program prepares students for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certification, New Jersey State licensure, and New Jersey Department of Education speech-language specialist certification.

The MS in Speech-Language Pathology at William Paterson University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The program meets the academic and clinical training requirements for New Jersey State licensure and qualifies students for the speech-language specialist certification from the New Jersey Department of Education. Thus, graduates of the program are qualified to work as Speech-Language Pathologists in schools, medical settings, and private practice.

Our on-campus Speech and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services to the community for a range of communication disorders.

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application to this program must be made through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS).

The portal for the CSDCAS application process to William Paterson University opens September 1st  at It is strongly recommended that you visit the CSDCAS "Frequently Asked Questions" page before starting your application. All questions about submitting, completing, and verifying your application should be directed to the CSDCAS helpline at 617-612-2030. All applicants who submit their application and all necessary materials by the February 1st deadline will receive a decision by William Paterson University by March 15th. In addition, applicants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 supplemental application fee to William Paterson University (this is in addition to the CSDCAS fee). The Office of Graduate Admissions from William Paterson will send an email to all applicants with instructions to pay the supplemental application fee. 

The deadline to be considered for the M.S. Program in Communication Disorders is February 1st. This means that all materials must be received by CSDCAS by this deadline. Do not send any application materials to William Paterson University. Late applications will not be considered nor reviewed. Applicants should submit the items listed below to CSDCAS: 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Minimum score at or above the 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Exam.(institution code is 3643) (Waived for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle due to the Global Pandemic) 
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to applicant’s academic qualifications.
  • Personal Statement: description can be found on the CSDCAS portal

Application Deadline

February 1

Non-degree status not available

Contact Us

Dr. Kristen Victorino 
Program Director, Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences / 973-720-3352